University of Connecticut, Nursing

Position ID:UConn-Nurse-494789 [#17276, 494789]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Health Disparities
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Nursing
Race and Inequality Studies
Appl Deadline: (posted 2020/10/21, listed until 2021/01/21)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***


The University of Connecticut, School of Nursing is seeking applicants to fill one full-time, 9-month, tenured/tenure-track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor position, as part of a UConn cluster hire. The faculty member will be a member of the School of Nursing faculty and will benefit from participation with a cohort of other new anti-racism hires from other UConn schools and colleges. The anti-racism cluster is focused on scholarship that bears directly on individual, societal, and structural bias and disparities that impact communities of color domestically. This cluster is consistent with several aspects of on-going strategic planning including a focus on diversity/equity/inclusion as one of the foundational UConn values.  The cluster is highly student-focused and is well aligned with increased national attention on issues of structural racism, bias, and disparities. Areas of concentration for the cohort include but are not limited to bias and disparities across education, law, social and economic issues, and health and mental health. This cohort model will provide unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations in the field of anti-racist research, scholarship, teaching and practice.  Candidates with health disparities research expertise are encouraged to apply.

Faculty members are also responsible for teaching and participating in professional service activities. UConn's philosophy of interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration and the School's Center for Nursing Scholarship and Innovation create an environment for productivity and achievement for an established scholar. The School offers assignments adjusted for concentration on research; collaborations with the Schools of Dental Medicine, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Social Work; support for teaching and learning; and opportunities for international work. The School of Nursing provides an environment supporting interdisciplinary research, and emerging areas of research. Joint appointments are possible.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances and exhibits, and national recognition such as honorific awards. The successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, innovative courses and instruction methods, and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


Maintain an active research and publication agenda in anti-racism related work.  Seek and acquire external funding.. Collaborate on multi-disciplinary research initiatives related to anti-racism work within the university. Engage with other faculty in this anti-racism cluster hire cohort to produce scholarship related to anti-racism and contribute to university efforts on anti-racism. Teach across the curriculum , as appropriate, and demonstrate effective instruction.  Advise and mentor students in research, outreach, and professional development.  Serve on doctoral student committees and as major advisor, as appropriate, and participate in university, school, and community level service.  Candidates are expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and public engagement the richness of diversity; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods; and employ pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.  Other expectations will be determined by rank.


  • All applicants must have an earned doctorate in nursing (PhD., DNS, EdD), or a related field.
  • Demonstrated active program of scholarship through sustained research publications and extramural funding in the area of health disparities.
  • Experience teaching at an institution of higher education, with documented positive student evaluations
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and interact productively with faculty, staff and students.
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute through scholarship, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.
  • All applicants must be eligible for RN licensure in the state of CT by the date of hire
  • All applicants must have an advanced degree in Nursing (MS or PhD/DNS/EdD). A PhD in a related field is acceptable if an applicant has a MS in Nursing.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for the Rank of Associate or Full Professor 

  • A record of contribution through research, teaching, and public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.
  • Demonstrated, excellent record of involvement in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral education, commensurate with the rank they are seeking.


  • A record of federal funding in health disparities.
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence in relevant areas of expertise.
  • Completion of a post-doctoral fellowship.
  • Advanced Practice RN

Additional Preferred Qualifications for the Rank of Associate or Full Professor 

  • Evidence of service to the university, the field, or profession through leadership in professional organizations, editorial activities and successful involvement in undergraduate/graduate curriculum development.
  • A record of sustained federal funding in health disparities.
  • National/International reputation in health disparities research.


The 9-month tenure/tenure-track faculty appointment is initially subject to annual reappointment reviews. Position rank and compensation package will be commensurate with background, qualifications, and experience. The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of work at UConn’s regional campuses across the state. The anticipated start date is August 23, 2021.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter specifically addressing your credentials relative to the minimum and preferred qualifications listed above
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One-page teaching statement
  • One-page research/scholarship statement
  • One-page commitment to diversity statement (as related to broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research, and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.)
  • 5 Reference letters

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries other than applications can be directed to:

Deborah Dillon McDonald RN, PhD She, Her, Hers

Chairperson, Recruitment and Selection Associate Professor

University of Connecticut School of Nursing Phone: 860-486-3714

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
UConn School of Nursing
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026
Storrs, CT 06269
(860) 486-3716

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